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    Any good stretches to do before squats?

    Felt a little tightness while doing squats today, just wanted to know some good stretches i can do before i peform squats.
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    Originally Posted by joeydiaz View Post
    Felt a little tightness while doing squats today, just wanted to know some good stretches i can do before i peform squats.
    Squats work a lot of different muscles, which one exactly did you feel tight in?
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    Originally Posted by joeydiaz View Post
    Felt a little tightness while doing squats today, just wanted to know some good stretches i can do before i peform squats.
    I've heard it's not such a good idea to do stretches as a warm-up for two reasons:
    1. Stretching a cold muscle can cause injury
    2. Stretching before lifting temporarily weakens the muscle (you will have greater difficulty performing the same weight and same reps than if you didn't stretch)

    Instead, you should either stretch as a cool-down after your workout, or stretch before bed, or stretch on your off days.

    A good simple quad stretch is the simple standing on one leg and holding your foot that isn't on the ground back until it touches your butt, and holding that position for 15-30 seconds.
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    Originally Posted by cianoo333 View Post
    Squats work a lot of different muscles, which one exactly did you feel tight in?
    Hard to say, i couldnt really tell. It was on my left leg like on the side of my leg by my hamstrings. Best way i can explain it lol.
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    Originally Posted by mattarama View Post
    I've heard it's not such a good idea to do stretches as a warm-up for two reasons:
    1. Stretching a cold muscle can cause injury
    2. Stretching before lifting temporarily weakens the muscle (you will have greater difficulty performing the same weight and same reps than if you didn't stretch)

    Instead, you should either stretch as a cool-down after your workout, or stretch before bed, or stretch on your off days.

    A good simple quad stretch is the simple standing on one leg and holding your foot that isn't on the ground back until it touches your butt, and holding that position for 15-30 seconds.
    I've heard that too i usually warm up on a bike before so my body wont be as cool and i do that excersise as well, this is the first time it felt a little weird though thats why im bringing it up.
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    Originally Posted by joeydiaz View Post
    Hard to say, i couldnt really tell. It was on my left leg like on the side of my leg by my hamstrings. Best way i can explain it lol.
    Your inner thigh?
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    Originally Posted by joeydiaz View Post
    Hard to say, i couldnt really tell. It was on my left leg like on the side of my leg by my hamstrings. Best way i can explain it lol.
    To stretch the outside of the hamstring, pull your foot towards yourself by bringing it inwards. That's the best way I can describe it
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    Originally Posted by mattarama View Post
    Your inner thigh?
    More like outer theigh. Like on the side of my theigh pretty much.
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    do a warm up set?
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    I usually do a warm up set!

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    warm up set and warm clothing seems to help me the most.
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    make sure your form is good and not causing the tightness.

    google "outer thigh stretch" to see some stretchs for where you feel tight.
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    Originally Posted by mattarama View Post
    I've heard it's not such a good idea to do stretches as a warm-up for two reasons:
    1. Stretching a cold muscle can cause injury
    2. Stretching before lifting temporarily weakens the muscle (you will have greater difficulty performing the same weight and same reps than if you didn't stretch)

    Instead, you should either stretch as a cool-down after your workout, or stretch before bed, or stretch on your off days.

    A good simple quad stretch is the simple standing on one leg and holding your foot that isn't on the ground back until it touches your butt, and holding that position for 15-30 seconds.
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    Warm up for squats, by doing lighter squats.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctYNk-UF1B4
    i always do the thing when your laying on your back and put your knees to each side before i squat which really loosens my lower back. then maybe a cupple bodyweight squats to warm up my knees then im good

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    Don't stretch before squatting.

    Instead, warm up using deep range leg presses. This mimics the mechanics of the squat, but gives you support, and allows you to gradually work in a more controlled manner to a greater depth.
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    Originally Posted by cianoo333 View Post
    Squats work a lot of different muscles, which one exactly did you feel tight in?
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    I always warm up with lighter weight and then build up to my max and its always fine, ive been told my form is fine, idk i guess it was a one time thing.
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    I'd definitely warm up (such as 7 minutes on bike or treadmill or elliptical etc.) Then I'd do some type of dynamic stretching such as any of the ones in this link. FWIW, I personally do leg swings and then body weight ATG squats.

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    Originally Posted by snorkelman View Post
    I'd definitely warm up (such as 7 minutes on bike or treadmill or elliptical etc.) Then I'd do some type of dynamic stretching such as any of the ones in this link. FWIW, I personally do leg swings and then body weight ATG squats.

    http://stronglifts.com/7-dynamic-str...-hip-mobility/
    This. I always warm up with light squats and dynamics. My warmups usually consist of butt kickers, high knees, leg swings, BW squats, lunges, and frankensteins. Warm clothing also helps (you'll lose more water in sweat but your muscles feel nice and loose).

    I'll also throw in some groin stretches and a hip stretch where I kind of turn my leg inward and pull my heel up towards my stomach. Then I'll work it back and forth (slowly) to loosen it up. For support sometimes I'll rest the out side of my foot on a bench and squat up and down on my other leg.
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    warm up with the exercise you're about to do. Do 2 sets of squats with the bar or 135 and you'll be warmed up.
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